Advent Introduction

Jesus came to live among us for so many reasons, not the least of which was to help us control our fear and strengthen our faith.

I believe God calls each of us into service for Him. We are in this life to accomplish something special, something unique for Him. Unfortunately, too many of us are afraid to step up and answer His call. This Christmas season, I want to help you overcome the fear that may be holding you back.

Throughout the Christmas is the message “Fear Not!” The angels that appeared to various people in the story always began by telling them not to be afraid. This message is for you also.

Advent is a time for you to prepare yourself for the coming of the Lord. This year, I want to help you receive Him fully into your heart, to overcome the fear that is prevent you from hearing all He is saying to you, to help you feel the leading of the Holy Spirit.


Each Advent lesson is meant to help you overcome the obstacles preventing you from answering God’s call. Each of the Sunday lessons tells the story of someone who thought they were the wrong person for the job:

  • Zechariah: who thought he was too old;
  • Mary: who thought she was unqualified;
  • Joseph: who thought it wasn’t his problem;
  • The shepherds: who thought they weren’t good enough;
  • The women on Easter: who thought it was too late.

Nothing is impossible for God so nothing is ever TOO anything. I encourage you to spend time each day during Advent, reflecting on the restlessness you feel and the call God is placing on your heart. It’s time to step up and step out!

The Simple Joy of Entertaining: Party like Mary

Once the party begins, you need to join the fun. Jean Ann shares 2 simple rules to help you:

Attend your own party;

It’s all about the guests.

By preparing well, you can relax & enjoy the celebration. Jean Ann, using the 3 Rules of Simple Joy, helps you discover ways to plan your event without the stress & then celebrate with your guests.

This Holiday season, put the joy into your events & life with Simple Joy. 

The Simple Joy of Entertaining: Prep like Martha

Entertaining can be stressful, especially during the Holidays, This year, reduce the stress of Holiday entertaining when you follow 4 simple steps.

Jean Ann has 4 ways to to put the joy back into your parties. Follow these steps to make your events a Simple Joy.

Join Jean Ann as she helps you reawaken the joy in your life when you have a Life of Simple Joy.

The Simple Joy of Relationships

n this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the impact relationships have on the lives of women

You have probably limited in-person contact with friends, leaving you feeling alone & depressed. Time to renew in-person contact, even in small numbers as the Holidays approach. Jean Ann explains how relationships have such an affect on women & why we need to build strong & diverse networks. Jean Ann shares 3 ways relationships help us:

  • Strong self image;
  • Strong self confidence;
  • Diverse world view.

Join Jean Ann as she helps you reawaken the joy in your life when you have a Life of Simple Joy.

Empowered by the Word: Can’t Take that Away from Me

Passage: Luke 10:38-42

Verse: “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.””  Luke‬ ‭10:41-42‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Martha was worried & upset as she struggled to prepare dinner for her guests. Her sister, Mary sat visiting with the guests rather than helping Martha as she should. When Martha asked Jesus to tell her sister to help her, Jesus’ reply caused a change that we need to remember today.

The 3 points from this lesson:

Martha was doing what she should;

Mary was doing what she needed;

Jesus invited both to join Him.

Beginning a Life of Simple Joy Step 3: Take Care of Yourself

n this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the third step to begin A Life of Simple Joy: Take Care of Yourself.

You are so busy taking care of everyone else, you neglect yourself. ENOUGH! Time for some practicals selfishness. You can’t care for other until you care for yourself. I know you’re busy so you should focus on 3 key areas:

  • Mind;
  • Body;
  • Spirit.

Join Jean Ann as she helps you reawaken the joy in your life when you have a Life of Simple Joy.

Beginning a Life of Simple Joy Step 2: Ask for Help

In this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the second step to begin A Life of Simple Joy: Ask for Help

The world is not going to end if you admit you need help. Time to stop trying to do it all yourself & enlist the help if others. First, you must learn the proper way to ask then you need to follow 3 steps:

  • Make a list:
  • Make a decision;
  • Make someone else do it!

Join Jean Ann as she helps you reawaken the joy in your life when you have a Life of Simple Joy.

Beginning a Life of Simple Joy Step 1: M*I*S*S 

In this episode, Jean Ann Duckworth discusses the first step to begin A Life of Simple Joy: M*I*S*S: Make It Simple, Sweetie.

As hard as it may seem, you begin by choosing something that cause you stess, then simply ask yourself 3 questions:

  • Does it need to be done at all?
  • What about it specifically causes me stress?
  • Is there an easier way to do it?

Join Jean Ann as she helps you reawaken the joy in your life when you have a Life of Simple Joy.

Beginning a Life of Simple Joy: Introduction

Stress is a dominant part of your life. This impacts areas of your life you never realized. Stress overwhelms your mind, body, & spirit. Life is simply stressful, you think. How am I supposed to fix this?

A Life of Simple Joy offers you ways to recognize the causes of your stess & simple ways you can gain control & reduce it.

In this episode, Jean Ann explains the hidden impact stress has on your life & discusses why this is important. She then offers hope with 3 simple steps you can take to help you decrease stress & increase joy in your life.